If you're a fan of my Facebook page you will have noticed that I've been quite busy the past few weekends, gearing up for my shop's little grand re-opening. Shooting and editing hundreds of photos of my jewellery has been pretty exhausting but I'm happy to say that part is now done! Now all I have left is writing out the descriptions of each and every piece to load into my shop. I was able to get some bracelets, brooches and rings loaded today. I'm hoping to get it all done by the end of the month, if I don't run out of weekend before then!
Today is the last day that the penny will be distributed in Canada. Apparently costs 1.6 cents to produce a penny, and the Canadian government believes it will save something like $10 million a year by getting rid of the coins. It's estimated that it will take three to four years to get them out of circulation.
I rolled all of my pennies last year (I had almost $20 worth!) and since then I've been trying to use them up as I get more. I probably have a small handful left in the bowl o' change that sit by the front door. The nostalgic/collector/pack-rat side of me wants to hang on to them - just like when the Canadian dollar bill got changed to the Loonie, I still have a small collection of old one dollar bills stashed away somewhere. (And let's not talk about how our paper money is now being converted to plastic money.) Anyway, all that to say; RIP Canadian Penny. It's been swell.
It was the middle of last night when I typed this (from my phone, again)...
I can't sleep because my thoughts have been racing a mile a minute. Which, actually, isn't all that unusual for me. But it always seems to be especially worse at the start of each new year. So many things to do, people to see, places to go, etc, etc. And always not enough time in the day, days in the week, months in the year, etc, etc. What's that phrase? Oh, yes... "The days are long but the years are short." Oh yes.
Three of my "resolutions" for 2013:
Read more books. I used to read at least one book a month. Often more. Last year I started two, and stopped both about two thirds of the way through both of them. Not because I wasn't enjoying them. I just got distracted with some project or another. I miss getting lost in a book.
Be better at keeping in touch with far away friends and family. Even if it's just a quick phone call or text or email or heck even a postcard, to say "I'm thinking of you". Far too often I think 'I'll just carve out an hour tomorrow to call so-and-so to catch up'. But that hour never seems to appear. Not cool, Suzanne, not cool.
Accentuate the positive / eliminate the negative. (Don't mess with mister in-between ;) This is often a tough one for me - it's so easy to focus on the negative shit, isn't it? Why is that? I really believe that it is so SO important to keep a positive frame of mind. "What you think about you bring about" and such. So I'll keep working on it. Always.